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What’s Happening at the Library? — May 26, 2023 Edition


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WESTFORD — Assistant Director of the J.V. Fletcher Library Kristina Leedberg has shared the most recent edition of “What’s Happening at the Library?” with WestfordCAT.

Unless otherwise noted, the following programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

News from the J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main St., Westford, MA (1-978-692-5555), http://www.westfordlibrary.org

Director’s Corner: LIBRARY TO RECEIVE SUPPLEMENTAL GRANT FUNDS! Subsequent to a vote by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and after the Library Project meets critical benchmarks during construction, the Library Project is slated to receive an additional $829,263 in grant funding from the MBLC. This award notice brings the total grant offset to $8,681,257. Additionally, grant libraries are seeking funds from the State Legislature to cover escalation costs being seen by libraries now in construction.

Holiday Closing: The Library will be closed Sat., May 27 through Mon., May 29 in observance of Memorial day.

Friends of the Library June Book Sale: The June Book Sale will take place in the Meeting Room, Friday, June 9- Sunday, June 11.  On Friday night from 6:30-9:00 p.m. there will be a Members Only Preview Sale. Memberships will be available to purchase at the door or purchase one online. The sale will be open to the public on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  On Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. purchase a bag to fill for $10.00. Please note, you must purchase a bag to participate in the Sunday sale.

Summer Reading – Be a Readosaurus! Now that the theme has been revealed, ask your kids if Nancy and Jess have been to their school yet to talk about the FREE summer reading program at the library. Check out the Kids and the Teens sections of our website for all of the details about charms, raffles, hidden characters, and of course programs. All prizes and programs are fully funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library and the KDK Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).

YA Crafternoon – Sharpie Art: Monday, May 22 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. This program is open to preteens and teens. Join Jess for an afternoon of crafting and creating in the Meeting Room. Please e-mail jdyment@westfordma.gov if you have any questions. Register Here.

WCAT News Office Hours: Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. Managing Editor Ben Domaingue will host drop-in office hours in an effort to increase accessibility and availability for residents. Drop by and say hi, or bring your story ideas, questions, comments or concerns with how news is reported in Westford. No registration necessary. Changes and cancellations will be announced the prior Friday and posted on our Studio Calendar. 

Virtual Discover India Series – The Spice Bowl: Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. India is famous for its spices that are used for both culinary and health purposes, many of which were included in ancient herbal medicines. This presentation will describe the history of some of the spices, their benefits, and how they are used in Indian cuisine and/or for health purposes. This program is hosted by the Burlington Public Library and the India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB). This series explores India’s rich culture and includes exciting forays into history, food, art and music. Register here.

Jazz Concert: Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room Join us for a delightful evening of jazz music performed by vocalist Helene Gove and guitarist Michael Chasse. Helene and Michael have been performing throughout the New England area for over thirteen years. Stop by to listen to their unique style which includes passionate interpretations of the American jazz standards and original music too! Registration is not required for this program.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room to discuss Hoover: an Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte.  Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required.  Email Charles Schweppe for details!

Animanga Club: Thursday, June 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join us in the Meeting Room on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30.We will talk manga, browse the newest selections, watch anime on the library’s Crunchyroll account, eat snacks and draw characters.Feel free to bring your favorite Squishie to keep us company! For grades 6 and up. Registration is very helpful but drop-ins are always welcome! Register here.

Staff Recommends: Many of us have trouble setting boundaries in our personal and work lives.  Setting boundaries is so important for our mental health and this book teaches you how. Check out Set Boundaries: Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab. “Healthy boundaries. We all know we should have them–in order to achieve work/life balance, cope with toxic people, and enjoy rewarding relationships with partners, friends, and family. But what do “healthy boundaries” really mean–and how can we successfully express our needs, say “no,” and be assertive without offending others?”

If you have questions or need assistance, please call us at 978-399-2300 or send us an email at westfordlibrary@westfordma.gov.

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